By Kunle Adedoyin
The Super Falcons of Nigeria Saturday crashed out of the Women World Cup with a 0-3 trashing from Germany.
Germany, two-time world champions, had Video-Assistant Refree (VAR) to thank for its first two goals in a physical encounter in Grenoble, before striker Lea Schueller’s late strike completed the rout over the Super Falcons to become the first team to secure a place in the last eight of the 2019 Women’s World Cup.
The Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s side is yet to concede a goal in their four games at the World Cup so far.
Captain Alexandra Popp gave Germany the lead on 20 minutes, nodding Lina Magull’s in-swinging corner inside the far post.
Magull was involved again as Germany doubled the lead minutes later.
The midfielder was caught on the knee as Nigerian left-back Evelyn Nwabouku attempted to clear a loose ball in the area.
After reviewing the incident on the touchline, the referee awarded Germany a penalty, and striker Sara Daebritz made no mistake from 12 yards.
Three yellow cards were awarded in the second half as the Nigerians were unable to battle their way back into the game.
Schueller put paid to their hopes on 82 minutes, pouncing on a mistake from Halimat Ayinde and smashing the ball into the bottom corner.
Germany will face either Sweden or Canada, who play on Monday, in the quarter-final next weekend.